Flying Officer Douglas Wallace MacLEAN

Service No: 420354
Born: Penrith NSW, 27 March 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 October 1941
Unit: No. 12 Squadron (RAF), RAF Wickenby, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 12 Squadron Lancaster aircraft PD 331), Netherlands, 23 October 1944, Aged 32 Years
Buried: Winterswijk Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Norman Stanley MacLean and Lela Gertrude MacLean, husband of Jessie Violet MacLean, of Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 126, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Lancaster PD 331 took off from RAF Wickenby at 1608 hours on the night of 23 October 1944 to bomb Essen, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. Post war it was established that the aircraft crashed on the Dutch/German border at Huppel (Gelderland), 6 kms north east of Winterswijk and all crew members were killed.

The crew members of PD 331 were:

Flight Sergeant Ian Hunter Fleming (436537) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Edmund Joseph Kelly (429341) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Arthur Bevan Llewellyn (423544) (Bomb Aimer)
Flying Officer Douglas Wallace MacLean (420354) (Pilot)
Sergeant Frank William Niblett (1897417) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Warrant Officer John Philip (420045) (Navigator)
Flight Sergeant Kenneth Harold Rowley (424838) (Mid Upper Gunner)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/22/343